In Canada’s three-row SUV/crossover arena, there were two major events in 2013. First, there was the resurgence of the Nissan Pathfinder nameplate.
As Nissan dealers settled into selling the family-oriented (and road-oriented) crossover, sales took off. What began last autumn carried through all twelve of 2013’s twelve months.
In fifteen consecutive months, Nissan Pathfinder sales have increased, year-over-year. The Pathfinder didn’t outsell the Ford Explorer – the best-selling of all standard-with-a-third-row crossovers in Canada – but it outsold the Honda Pilot by 1580 units and the Toyota Highlander by 288 units.
Nissan Canada doesn’t outsell its Toyota and Honda counterparts was a brand, a corporate entity, or with its compact car, midsize car, or small crossover. But if Nissan could ever do with the Sentra, Altima, and Rogue what it’s doing with the Pathfinder and Versa, we’d have a very different Canadian auto scene now, wouldn’t we?
Second, Hyundai replaced the Veracruz (after its incentive-laden best year ever in 2012) with the Santa Fe XL. In just ten months, Hyundai sold 1229 more Santa Fe XLs in 2013 than the Veracruz had in its best year.
You can click any model name in the tables below to find historical monthly and yearly Canadian auto sales data. You can also select a make and model at GCBC’s Sales Stats page. These tables are now sortable, so you can rank midsize SUVs and crossovers any which way you like. Suggestions on how GCBC should break down segments can be passed on through the Contact page.